Parkes

Dubbo – Narromine – Forbes – Parkes – Bourke – Broken Hill and outreach in surrounding areas. Funded by the Department of Social Services and NSW Fair Trading, the Financial Counselling service is primarily accessible by families and individuals experiencing financial hardship and can support those effected by problem gambling. Financial Counsellors offer support with advocacy, negotiations, options, information and referrals and personal budgeting.  Individuals are supported in making informed decisions to resolve their financial issues by accessing information specific to their circumstances. This program aims to empower individuals to gain an understanding and take control of their financial position. CentaCare’s Financial Counsellors deliver community education to improve financial literacy within our communities and to raise awareness around problem gambling issues. The service aspires to increase consumer knowledge and confidence in the management of personal finances and develop financial skills with in communities for the ongoing future management of financial affairs. Useful links: Financial Rights Legal Centre Money Smart by ASIC          

Bourke – Brewarrina – Broken Hill – Cobar – Condobolin – Narromine – Nyngan – Parkes – Peak Hill – Trangie – Trundle – Warren. The PEDAL program is a school based playgroup model that targets families with children aged 0-5 years. The program provides play experiences that create opportunity to develop children’s social, emotional, physical, language and creative skills.

Bourke – Narromine – Parkes – Peak Hill. Funded by the NSW Department of Health, the Aboriginal Family Health Strategy program targets men (at all sites) and women (Narromine only), in relationships with a focus on early intervention and prevention of domestic and family violence. The program also provides education and individual support.

Bourke – Brewarrina – Broken Hill – Cobar – Condobolin – Nyngan – Parkes – Warren. Funded by The Department of Social Services, the FamilyCare program is delivered in Bourke, Brewarrina, Broken Hill, Cobar, Condobolin, Nyngan, Parkes (with outreach to Trundle and Peak Hill) and Warren. The FamilyCare program primarily targets families with children aged 0-12 years, but also offers support to families with children up the age of 18 years. The program provides: Parent education Supported playgroups Peer Support groups School readiness programs Individual support  

Parkes – Forbes – Bourke – Cobar. The Specialist Homelessness Services program is funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services. The overall goal of the Specialist Homelessness Service (SHS) are to ensure better outcomes for vulnerable people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our services are working to strengthen the capacity of homeless services in our service areas of Forbes, Parkes, Cowra, Grenfell, Peak Hill, Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo, Bourke and Cobar and achieve a better balance of prevention, early intervention and crisis support for our clients. Due to the Going Home Staying Home (GHSH) reforms and identifying the “gaps in service” in these communities, we are now able to assist young people, single males and females, families and women escaping domestic or family violence in all of the communities that we work in. We aim to: Provide (when available) short term safe secure crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic or family violence Assist you in finding safe, crisis and medium term accommodation Provide support and referrals to other services who can assist your needs Assist you in making applications for housing and private and public rentals Provide support and education for individuals and families experiencing […]

Parkes – Peak Hill. With the generous support of the Northparkes Mines, the Strong Young Mums program is delivered in Parkes and Peak Hill. The program targets mothers under the age of 25 years and their children. The Strong Young Mums program provides:  Parent education  Supported playgroups Individual support, training and education for mothers preparing to return to or enter the workforce History – CentaCare originally established the Strong Young Mums program in Bourke in September 2005 with funding from the Australian Government through the Stronger Families and Community Strategy. Strong Young Mums was established in response to the high occurrence of teenage pregnancies in Bourke. Strong Young Mums connects women with the education system and early intervention programs and conducts regular activities to engage mothers with other services and support networks. The young women also participate in weekly play groups and social gatherings which are attended by health and early childhood professionals as well as older women who act as mentors for the young mums. During these group sessions women learn about health, nutrition, bonding, play, parent-child interaction and parenting. The women and their children participate in play and early literacy activities which they are encouraged to take back […]

Bourke – Brewarrina – Broken Hill – Cobar – Condobolin – Dubbo – Forbes – Lake Cargelligo – Narromine – Nyngan – Parkes – Peak Hill – Warren – Wellington – Wilcannia. CentaCare’s Parent Child Services provide services to families with children with an early intervention and prevention approach. Parent Child Services support parents and cares in: Raising their children through parent education and one on one support Participating in early learning opportunities through playgroups Accessing helpful information about child development, parenting, support services and resources Becoming part of support networks Connecting to other services that can help Our family workers are accredited parent educators and offer parent education and support on an individual basis as well as in group settings. Parent Education programs include; 123 Magic, Triple P, Circle of Security, Parents As Teachers, Childbirth Education and Bringing Up Great Kids. Group activities include community based playgroups, school based playgroups, mums and bubs groups and peer support groups. One on one support is available to individuals and families and are delivered at our office or in the home. Currently, the programs Parent Child Services include: Families NSW FamilyCare Strong Young Mums Strong Young Families Aboriginal Family Health Strategy Communities For […]

Forbes – Parkes – Narromine – Condobolin – Lake Cargelligo. Funded by the Department of Social Services, the Men and Family Relationship Services program can assist with maintaining positive family relationships, especially during times of change – when you are forming new relationships, following the birth of a child, during separation and divorce, when re-partnering and retiring. The service provides: Male centred – family focused engagement Relationship support for individuals, couples and families Support with managing challenging adolescent behaviour Individual and group parenting education Activities for fathers and their children Solution focused – strength based support Promotion of healthy relationships through awareness and education Access to resources, information and support networks

Bathurst – Broken Hill – Forbes – Lithgow – Mudgee – Oberon – Orange – Parkes – Wilcannia – White Cliffs. Funded by the Department of Social Services, the Family Mental Health Support Service provides support for vulnerable families with children and young people who are showing early signs of, or are at risk of developing mental health. Services provided include a range of flexible, responsive, non-clinical mental health support services to meet the needs of children and young people affect by, or at risk of mental illness and their families and carers. The Family Mental Health Support Service offers three levels of support: Intensive, long term, early intervention support for children, young people and their families which may include: assessment and identification of needs; practical assistance and home based support; linking with other relevant services; and targeted therapeutic groups. Short-term immediate assistance for families which may include: assessment of needs; information or referrals; and limited direct support. Community outreach, mental health education and community development activities which may include: organisation of and participation in community events; and general group work in the community. The Family Mental Health Support Service will: Focus on children and young people while working with them in […]